Offers to make in your fantasy baseball league
With Memorial Day weekend in the rearview mirror, the fantasy league league standings have really started to take shape. By now, managers are well aware of their team’s strengths and weaknesses, and the chances of correcting their flaws through the waiver wire are slowly fading. All of these factors add up to make the trade market the best way to turn the tide of a fantasy season.
I recommend managers research their best deals in June using their league rankings, and for you Yahoo Fantasy Plus subscribers, take advantage of the trade hub to help you find your ideal trade partners. The plan should be to find teams that run away with specific categories, then approach their managers with the idea of trading from an area of strength. For example, a manager with a 15 homer lead over the next contender is more likely than other teams to consider trading one of their best hitters. Additionally, the manager with the 15 homer lead is most likely to have a wide array of successful hitters to choose from. This plan won’t work in all categories in all leagues, but in most leagues around half of the categories will have one or two teams that have split from the pack.
Here are a few players who are expected to be involved in a lot of trades this week.
Players to Acquire
Salvador Perez (C, Kansas City Royals)
Perez recently returned from a stint in IL, and it’s been a quiet season for him overall (.588 OPS). There are plenty of Perez managers who now regret drafting him, fearing they invested a premium draft pick on someone who will never come close to repeating his garish numbers from last year (48 home runs again). , 121 RBIs). But last season’s massive totals are also a reminder that when it gets hot, Perez can carry a fantastic team by delivering huge numbers from the receiver position. For this reason, the 32-year-old is an excellent trade target for managers who need to take risks to turn their season around.
Juan Soto (OF, Washington Nationals)
I hear some managers telling me there’s no way Soto is cheap. Well, the 23-year-old is hitting .232 with 16 RBIs in a terrible lineup, and I can guarantee some Yahoo league managers have grown frustrated with him. If you don’t believe me, check out his Trade Market page. Soto also started off slow last year, with his two worst months in April and May, before turning it on and posting an OPS of 1.164 in the second half of the season. June could be the ideal month to acquire it.
Alex Wood (PS, San Francisco Giants)
Wood is listed at 53%, making him available on the waiver wire in shallow leagues and an easy trade target in 12-team formats. Like many San Francisco pitchers, the right-hander struggled in May and now has poor ratios (4.81 ERA, 1.47 WHIP) this season. But there’s a lot to love about a starter with a 45:13 K:BB ratio in 43 innings, and he was mostly brought down by a .360 BABIP and 16.1% HR/FB ratio. I don’t expect Wood to be a fantastic saver, but he should be a useful member of the roster once his odds are evened out.
Emmanuel Clase (PR, Cleveland Guardians)
Clase has the lowest save total of any top tier closer, making it an attractive target in the trade market. Some of his managers might get more saves from their closest others, which will allow them to consider moving Clase in exchange for someone in a needy position. The Guardians aren’t going to win the 2022 World Series, but they should give Clase more chances to close out games in the coming weeks, and he has the skills to convert saves into bunches.
Craig Kimbrel (PR, Los Angeles Dodgers)
Kimbrel has struggled lately, giving up five points (four earned) in his last three appearances. And while some fantasy analysts are worried about him, I’m not one of them. The right-hander hasn’t had any control issues this year, nor has he given up many home runs. He’s also collecting strikeouts at a reasonable rate for a closer. I don’t see Kimbrel as a top close, but as a member of an outstanding Dodgers team, I can see him making 30 saves.
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Players to trade
JD Martinez (OF, Boston Red Sox)
At 34, Martinez remains an excellent hitter. But its average of 0.363 will likely make it overvalued in the trade market. The slugger enjoyed a .469 BABIP, and his strikeout and walk rates are similar to his ratings from previous seasons. His batting tendencies haven’t changed much either, which isn’t surprising for a player his age. All in all, Martinez fits the description of a high-yield player perfectly.
Daniel Bard (PR, Colorado Rockies)
I put Bard in this article two weeks ago, and his high sell window remains an option. The right-hander ranks sixth in baseball with 11 saves, but that’s a run you want to get rid of right now. Things don’t usually end well for Colorado closings, and the guess here is that Bard doesn’t have enough talent to turn that around. His ratios are solid (3.12 ERA, 0.98 WHIP) and unless you’re desperate to keep him for his saves, I’d look to trade him for a useful player in another position.
Nolan Gorman (2B, 3B, St. Louis Cardinals)
Gorman fits the profile perfectly of a top prospect who is off to a strong start and has fantastic managers dreaming of what he could become over the next few months. And while young players in these situations sometimes meet expectations, they often fall short once Major League pitchers stare at them longer. I have nothing against Gorman as a prospect, but he might be worth more on the trade market than on your list right now.